Digital Public Library of America to add millions of records to its archive

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Aquarium, Battery Park, New York City [Postcard], ca. 1931. This is just one of the many resources you can find online through the DPLA website or through apps using its API. New York Aquarium Postcards collection of the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives. Via Empire State Digital Network. Today marks the Digital Public Library of America’s  one-year anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, the non-profit library network announced six new partnerships with major archives, including the US Government Printing Office and the J. Paul Getty Trust. The DPLA is best described as a platform that connects the online archives of many libraries around the nation into a single network. You can search all of these archives through the digital library’s website, and developers can build apps around the DPLA’s metadata collection using the publicly available API. It’s easy to find historical documents, public domain works, and vintage photos online through a search on the DPLA’s website, although sometimes a library will merely offer the data about an item, and retain the actual resource at the library. Still, having that data accessible through a single public portal is more useful for a researcher than having to search for it library by library. Read 7 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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